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PURPOSE - The purpose of the Reduced Fee Program (RFP) is to extend the MCBA Lawyer Referral Service to people who cannot afford to pay attorneys fees at rates which would ordinarily be charged AND who do not qualify for free legal assistance from the Middlesex County Legal Services Corporation or other no cost legal services.


The Reduced Fee Program is also designed to make opportunities available to member attorneys to provide a public service by rendering legal services to persons who could not otherwise afford to receive such services.


SUPERVISION - The Reduced Fee Program is run in conjunction with the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.  The LRS Administrator will manage all aspects of the program under the supervision of the Association’s Executive Director and Lawyer Referral Service Committee.



Panel members must provide each prospective client referred with an initial consultation.  Panel members agree to collect a $30 client application fee prior to all initial consultations and to cancel any initial consultation if payment is not received.

  1. Access to the Justice System
  2. Legal Representation at an Affordable Price


  1. Public Service
  2. Law Practice Experience
  3. Income Potential
  4. Establish a Client Base

PARTICIPATION - The Reduced Fee Program will match clients in need with licensed attorneys who are members of the Middlesex County Bar Association.  Attorney participation in the Reduced Fee Program is open to the Middlesex County Bar Association’s general membership.

REDUCED FEE PROGRAM PRACTICE AREAS - The Reduced Fee Program will refer clients in the following practice areas of law:

  1. Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 Only)
  2. Criminal Matters
  3. Expungements
  4. Family Matters
  5. Foreclosures (Defense Only)
  6. Landlord / Tenant
  7. Municipal Court Matters
  8. Name Change
  9. Small Claims Actions
  10. Special Civil Part Actions
  11. Tort Defense

Income Eligibility Guidelines

ATTORNEY RETAINER AND FEE SCHEDULE - Upon qualification and if the attorney agrees to undertake representation of the person referred, panel members agree to limit counsel fees to $75 per hour in accordance with the following retainer/flat fee schedule:


Case Type
Case Type
Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)
Municipal Court
Child Visitation
Municipal Court (DWI)
Child Support or Modification
Name Change
Post Judgment Enforcement Orders
Custody Dispute
Small Claims
Divorce (Contested)
Special Civil Part
Divorce (Simple)
Domestic Violence
Tort Defense
Unemployment Appeals
Foreclosures (Defense Only)
Unmarried Child Support & Custody
Juvenile Court


PANEL MEMBERSHIP COSTS - Participation in the RFP is open to the general membership and is free.  The RFP is separate from the Percentage Fee Program and participation in both programs is not required.

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